2021 Commencement

Virtual Ceremony - Friday, June 18, at 12 p.m.



The 56th SPSCC Commencement Ceremony will be celebrated virtually on June 18 at noon via SPSCC's YouTube and Facebook channels. It's pre-recorded and will be available to watch after the premiere. More than 1,300 graduates will be honored at the virtual event.

The virtual ceremony will have many parts of a traditional commencement, like an address from the president and faculty members. It will also celebrate graduates with virtual diplomas while names are read aloud and other exciting celebration videos.

On-Campus Parade - Friday, June 18, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Come celebrate graduation at the on-campus parade at the Olympia Campus! You and your guests can drive through the on-campus parade and enjoy the fun and swag of graduation! You can even wave to your favorite professors, President Tim Stokes, and Percy the Kraken. Find the parade map in "Common Questions" below.

At the end of the parade, stop in parking lot A to pose at one of six photo backdrops, then pick up some more SPSCC alumni swag as you leave campus. Don't miss this chance to join the biggest event on campus since Feb. 2020!

Note: Your attendance at the on-campus parade means you agree to be featured in photos and videos recorded during the event, including the overhead flight of drone footage.

Common Questions

Will I go across the stage?

There is no graduation stage this year, but you can drive through campus to wave to the president, your professors, and Percy the Kraken (and get some pretty great swag!).

What can I do if I don't have a car?

If you don't have a car but can find a way to campus, meet us in parking lot L and hop aboard one of the kraken vans for a ride through the parade route. You can also use a bicycle through the parade route. Walkers are not allowed for safety reasons.

Can I stop for a photo along the way?

Please keep moving along the parade route; do not park or get out of your vehicle. Near the end of the route, parking lot A will be a photo booth stop where you can park and take photos at one of six backdrops.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code for the on-campus parade. Cap & gown is not required, but you can wear one if you'd like! Near the end of the route, parking lot A will be a photo booth stop where you can park and take photos at one of six backdrops.

What is the parade route?

Enter campus from Crosby Blvd. The parade route will lead you through the bus loop, around building 22, then up through parking Lot A. Download the parade route (PDF).

Graphic of parade map

Do I stay the whole time?

The on-campus parade will run from 4 -7 p.m. You can come at anytime during those hours. We expect it will take you 15-20 minutes to drive through the parade route and stop for photos in parking lot A.

Apply to Graduate

Remember that you need to apply to graduate from SPSCC, whether or not you want to be included in the Commencement Ceremony. The deadline to be included in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony has past.


Cap, Gown, Cords & Stoles

If you applied before April 15, your tassel and any cords earned will be included in a package we'll ship to the address you listed on your graduation application by June 16.

Cap & gown sales are now closed. You can email the Student Life office to learn about used cap & gown options at Cap & gown is not required for any SPSCC commencement activities.

Cord Meaning

Silver - High Honors (3.75 to 3.89 GPA)
White - Highest Honors (3.9 to 4.0 GPA)
Blue & white braided - Running Start
Red, white & blue braided - Veterans


Check directly with your department contact about stoles for:
  • Clipper Athletics
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center
  • International Students

Graduation Disclaimer: Participation in the ceremony is optional and is not an official verification of graduation requirements. Grades have not been posted at the time of the ceremony and some students may have remaining class requirements.